TAIPEI - A moviegoer surnamed Wang reportedly was bitten by a mouse while he was watching a movie last Friday at the Cinemark movie theatre in Taipei; he later went to Mackay Memorial Hospital and received a rabies vaccination.
The incident was reported by local media after Wang shared his experience on the Internet. Wang said while he was watching the movie last Friday night, he felt something tugging on the end of his pants. He initially assumed it was his girlfriend, but he found something furry when he reached down to touch it. Not long after something scurried across his feet he felt a sharp pain on foot.
Wang went on to say that even though he could not see the mouse in the dark, however, he did feel the mouse bite him, and it left a bite mark. Wang also posted his medical certificate and photos of his wounded foot.
Wang added that after having treatment last Friday, he still feels a bit dizzy and experienced pain over the weekend.
Cinemark yesterday said it was informed by Wang at about 10:30 p.m. last Friday, and its staff immediately accompanied Wang to the hospital for treatments, adding that it will take care of Wang's medical expenses.
The Centers for Disease Control said because cases of rabies have been reported in Taiwan, and mice can transmit the rabies virus, it is strongly suggested that people get the rabies and tetanus vaccinations should they be bitten or scratched by a mouse.
Taipei Mackay Memorial Hospital said due to medical confidentiality, it cannot comment on a patient's case.